The Four Mary’s in Jesus’ Life

“Jesus had four separate women named Mary in his life. They are as follows:

Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).

Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala (Mark 16:9, John 20:18).

Mary who was Lazarus’ and Martha’s sister (Luke 10:39, 42, and John 11:1-12:3).

Mary who was the wife of Cleopas, (John 19:25), and the mother of James the less (junior) and Joses (Matthew 27:56); this Mary is referred to as the other Mary– Matthew 28:1.

There are two other women named Mary in the New Testament, but there is no biblical evidence they ever knew Jesus when he walked. One is Mary the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12), and the other Mary lived in Rome, the Apostle Paul greets her in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:6).” ~LMJ~

Now the Birth of Jesus Christ Was on This Wise . . .

Written by the Apostles, Luke and Matthew

Luke 1:26-38:
26: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37: For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Matthew 1:18-25:
18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24: Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Luke 2:1-20:
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2: (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3: And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12: And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15: And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16: And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18: And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19: But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Matthew 2:1-15:
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2: Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3: When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4: And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5: And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6: And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8: And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12: And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13: And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

Esther – Revealing Our Good Day

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Esther reveals Christ as the Savior of God’s people and the preserving of the seed of Judah, from whom the promised seed would eventually come. The timing of the Book of Esther was during their Babylonian captivity (Esther 2:5-6).

A great believer named Mordecai and his cousin Esther literally saved the Jews from complete annihilation. They won King Ahasuerus’ favor, and prevented a devilish plot of the murder of all the tribe of Judah, and without Judah, Jesus Christ would never have been born to save the world. Jesus was the “Son of man” through Mary and he was the “Son of God,” by His creation through the immaculate conception.

The Book of Esther likens our deliverance and salvation to that of being a “good day,” a good day that still grows in our hearts moment by moment and day by day. When we come to know our personal Lord and Savior, every day becomes a very good day, because “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8).

This is why “our good day” is having, knowing, and believing that we have salvation and eternal life. We can find Jesus Christ inlaid throughout the Book of Esther for he is typified as our Savior through the lives of Mordecai and Esther.

Esther 8:16-17:
-16: The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
-17: And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

The decree, as horrible as it was, saved Judah, for the degree was to destroy all of those people who were conspiring to kill the Jews. This degree inspired the assassins to pretend that they themselves were Jews. It is interesting to note that the Jews were in bondage as slaves to those who captured them, yet, even in this state the captivators wanted to be in the shoes of the Jews in bondage.

Now ─ I would certainly call that a good day for the believers! So good was it, that they had light (God’s light), inner gladness, overflowing joy, and they were honored. Today, when we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, we will also have God’s light that brings gladness and joy into our days because of our believing on the Savior.

God Himself honors us, “He {the believer} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalms 91:15).  What a wonderful day it is to know that we can walk in the light of God’s healing Word, endowed with the honor of the Creator.

The Bible says that we have the “day star” (II Peter 1:19), and that we are “the children of the light, and the children of the day” (I Thessalonians 5:5), for with God every day can become “our good day!”

I Peter 3:10-11:
– 10: For he that will love life, and see {perceive} good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
-11: Let him eschew {turn away} evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue {pursue} it.

As Christ comes into our lives, he can begin showing us all the wonderful things that God has given to us, and in turn we can learn to “love life” greater than we did as children. We can begin perceiving our God-given “good days” for we can find His peace in and around our lives.

“Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

Today is now and forever a day of salvation (which is not one day but an eternity of good days), for “we know that we have passed from {spiritual} death unto life {eternal life}” (I John 3:14).

As in Esther the believers were saved in a good day, today we have Christ within who is our good day!

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The preached Word of God (whether it is spoken or written), will reveal Jesus Christ, and when we become personally acquainted with Jesus Christ, he begins fulfilling his mission to reveal God within the hearts and souls of searching believers.

Jesus Christ is the subject of all true prophecy, and as we discover Christ within the Scriptures as the way, the truth, and the life to the Father, he begins revealing our loving heavenly Father with crystal clear revelations of divine truth.

In the books of the Old Testament we can discover Christ everywhere in prophecy, which shows us his coming, and the plan of man’s own redemption in Jesus’ sufferings and his glory. In the Gospels we can find Jesus Christ who physically lived on this earth fulfilling the prophecies written of him.

In the Epistles we will spiritually see Christ living within our hearts. Combining these three (the revealed prophecies recorded about his coming, his physical appearance, and his spiritual presence), we can discover and receive our complete redemption, and receive eternal life that emanates out from the eternal embrace of the Creator.

Jesus Christ is “the missing link” to the heart of God, Who is the true center of the universe, and the spiritual center of the Christian believer, who can now enjoy living the life that is more than abundant. In Genesis we saw creation in perfection and then ruined because of sin. In Christ the promised seed we have redemption from sin and receive the new creation within, giving us the eternal victory of an endless life!

Genesis 3:15 – {this is the first prophecy in Scripture} And I will put enmity between thee {the Serpent} and the woman {Mary, the mother of Jesus}, and between thy seed and her seed; it {“it” refers to Jesus Christ} shall bruise thy head {This prophecy shows the eternal doom of the Serpent, which is still a future event. Believers are members of the body of Christ and this is why Romans 16:20 says that God shall (at a future time) bruise Satan under our feet}, and thou {the Serpent} shalt bruise his {Jesus Christ’s} heel {which happened when Jesus was crucified}.

In this verse we have the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and we have the promised seed prophesied.

In Mary we have the birth of the promised seed, in grace today we have the seed of Christ within. It is interesting that in Genesis 4:1 Eve says “I have gotten a man from the LORD.” What did Eve think she had? She thought that she had the promised seed from God, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind; it turns out that she was so very wrong; this man (which was the progeny of Adam and Eve) was Cain, who was the first murderer! The promised seed (and the man from the Lord) was given to Mary.

Luke 1:31 – And, behold {the angel talking to Mary}, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

In Genesis we read the words “her seed”; however, as we know, the seed comes from the male and the egg comes from female. “Her seed” means that she would not (biblically) know any man at the time of her conceiving, yet, still have a seed, because Jesus was conceived by the divine conception of God Himself, and Mary would bring forth the most perfect man to ever grace this earth with his life and blessings of redemption. Thus Jesus was prophesied as “her seed.”

Galatians 3:16 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made {in the Old Testament}. He {God} saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy {our} seed, which {who} is Christ.

We are born again of incorruptible seed (I Peter 1:23), saved by grace and have as Mary had, the prophesied and promised seed of Christ within our very hearts.